News & Events

This is the Hythe & Dibden Parish Council's blog.
Here you will find news, information about events and important local information.

Community Safety update


Cllr Maureen McLean, Cllr James Binns and Cllr Chris Harrison met yesterday and agreed that the Clerk be directed to develop, as a priority, a proposal for the introduction of Parish Council supported Police and Community Support Officers to be considered by Council at the earliest opportunity

Cllrs McLean, Binns and Harrison, as representatives of the three political parties of the Parish Council would like to reassure the community that the Council is listening and that it is committed to providing the valuable community safety provision as soon as practicable.  They have heard the concerns of the community that the police are not visible and that the community want to see the visible presence of community safety officers back on the beat in Hythe and Dibden.  Councillors have also heard community views on the type of issues that you want the service to take action on including criminal damage, parking outside of schools and engagement with the community regarding crime prevention and anti-social behaviour.  Councillors ask that if you have any particular actions that you would like the service to perform please contact the Clerk (Stephanie.bennett@hytheanddibden,; this will enable the service to be developed as you, the community, wish.

Posted in News by Jan on 07/02/2017

Stand for election as a Governor for Southern Health and help shape local healthcare

Stand for election as a Governor for Southern Health and help shape local healthcare

Do you want to have more of a say in helping to shape local healthcare?

If so a role as a Public Governor at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust could be the right challenge for you.

The Trust, which provides mental health, learning disabilities, social care and community services, has two vacancies for Public Governors in the South West Hampshire constituency, which covers the New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester and Eastleigh.

Services in this area include integrated community teams as well as community hospitals such as Lymington New Forest Hospital, Romsey Hospital and Fordingbridge Hospital, specialised services at Tatchbury Mount and Leigh House in Eastleigh, and mental health units at Melbury Lodge in Winchester.

Governors are members of the Council of Governors and provide a vital link between the public and the Trust board that connects the Trust with the ideas, feedback and concerns of local people. Their role is to raise concerns and ask questions on behalf of people living in the constituencies they represent, to support service users, and to shape how the Trust develops.

David Lee, Governor for North Hampshire, describes what motivates him to carry out this role: “With my background as a doctor and a patient, I want the NHS to achieve the best. I am also Chairman of a GP Patient Participation Group and want to encourage and assist with more patient participation work in the Trust.”

Nominations for the Governor elections are open until 5pm on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. After nominations there may be a vote in March, after which the successful candidates will be announced.

Anyone wishing to stand for election or nominate a prospective Governor must be a Member of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

For a nominations pack contact Ciara Norris at Electoral Reform Services Ltd in one of the following ways: 

Phone:                 0208 889 9203
Text:                      2FT SH and your name and address to 88802
Post:                      Electoral Reform Services Ltd
                                The Election Centre
                                33 Clarendon Road
                                N8 0NW

Posted in News by Admin on 18/01/2017

Taking Responsibility for Protecting Your Home from Localised Flooding this Winter

In recent years we have seen some unusual weather conditions including some torrential downpours that have led to localised flooding when the storm drains become momentarily overwhelmed. In Hythe  this is very occasionally exacerbated by seasonal tides. Many will remember Valentines Night  Storm in 2014, when torrential rain and a Spring Tide breached Hythe momentarily as the tide reached its peak.

Because these floods can be random and unpredictable, or they may happen late at night and occur in unexpected places, or services are being directed to more ‘serious’ areas, there are no guarantees that your issue can be dealt with. Some of you will already know that you are vulnerable in certain weather conditions and we’re recommending that you make your own provisions for flood prevention as help is not be readily available.   

Personally I’m vulnerable in certain weather conditions and I live halfway up a hill on Hollybank (see the video of my garden during a freak rainstorm Here)!!

We have available at The Grove the rather wonderful ‘Floodsax’, they are light weight and come in boxes of 5. When soaked in water they expand and become a very efficient ‘sandbag’. They are more pliable than sandbags and infinitely more manageable. Of particular value is  their light weight, an elderly person living on their own can easily put the bags in place in an emergency. See a video of them in operation Here.  They cost £25 for a box of 5 (cost price). Alternatively they can be purchased at Travis Perkins at the same price. I’ve already bought some ‘just in case’.

If you know you may be vulnerable be prepared and save yourself lots of  heartache and the hassle of repairs and insurance claims..

Are You a Keen Walker? Interested in local Footpaths?

Hampshire County Council Access Teams are running sessions near you. We need your help to recruit eyes and ears on the ground to help manage your local path network.  

Do you want to learn more about managing Rights of Way?

Do you want to know who is responsible for different aspects of the network?

The initial workshop  will provide individuals and communities with an understanding of how the Rights of Way network is managed. With further opportunities to become a Hampshire County Council Path Warden, where you will receive resources and training in the following:

- Path inspections
- Waymarking
- Vegetation clearance
If you are interested, please reply to Training to take place between January and April 2017 with venues to be confirmed.

Kind Regards

Natalie Hands 
Countryside Access Ranger (Community Engagement)
Access Team 
Countryside Service 
Hampshire County Council 
Royal Victoria Country Park 
Netley Abbey 
SO31 5GA 
Telephone: 02380 605 109 

Posted in News by Admin on 29/11/2016

Hythe & Dibden Parish Cllr. Chris Harrison (Independent) Weekly Surgery

Independent Hythe & Dibden Parish Cllr. Chris Harrison will be holding a weekly surgery in the Council Chamber at The Grove. 

10am until 12noon every Tuesday

Local residents are welcome to go along and discuss any issues they may have
or to make their views known on local issues such as……

 Hythe Ferry
 The Railway Line

 No appointment is necessary.

Chris can be contacted by email: or 
leave a message by ringing 023 8084 1411 and Chris will contact you.

Official Statement From Hythe Ferry

Official Statement From Hythe Ferry

There have been some possibly incorrect details put on FB about the current status at the Hythe Ferry.
A meeting was held at the Ferry on Tuesday 4th October, where a letter from Hythe Ferry Ltd to its staff Warning of Possible Redundancies was issued.

The Director who held the meeting stressed that it is business as usual at the Ferry and that everything should remain normal whilst talks with other operators and avenues are investigated. 

All avenues are being explored.

Sath Naidoo
Hythe Ferry Ltd.

Council Works in Partnership with Hythe Businesses on Christmas Lights

Chairman of the Christmas Working Party, James Hartley-Binns said

"I am delighted that the Parish Council's offer of £1,000 match funding for the Christmas lights display has not only been accepted, but already raised by Hythe's traders. We have therefore released our additional £1,000 contribution. Throughout this process we have tried to work in partnership with local businesses and I am pleased to say that our working relationship remains very strong". 

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